Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Missouri Senate Capitol Briefing for August 2011

JEFFERSON CITY Several measures filed during the 2011 legislative session and approved by the governor have reached the finish line — Aug. 28 marked the date that several bills took effect in Missouri.

The governor had until July 14 — 45 days past the constitutional last day of session (May 30) — to take action on bills approved by the Missouri Legislature. If a bill received neither a “yes” nor “no” from the governor, it automatically becomes law on its effective date. More than 120 bills received a stamp of approval by the governor. 

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Senate Minute for Aug. 30, 2011: Education Funding

Missouri senators assess the future of education funding in Missouri. During the regular legislative session, a move was made to begin to update the school funding formula. We’ve included actualities from Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, and Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Special Session Call Expanded

JEFFERSON CITY — Earlier this week, lawmakers marked their calendars to return to the State Capitol for a special session that will begin Tuesday, Sept. 6. Added to the governor’s call regarding a list of bills they will debate during special session is a repeal of a specific provision found in Senate Bill 54, sponsored by Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield.

The measure, which was passed by the General Assembly on May 12 and signed by the governor on July 14, is aimed at preventing the sexual abuse of children in public schools.  Senate Bill 54 establishes the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children, and requires Missourians who apply for a teaching certificate to complete a criminal background check.  The applicant cannot have been listed under the state sexual offender registry or the state child abuse registry.


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Thursday, August 25, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Aug. 25, 2011: New Laws

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews a hearing held by the Senate Interim Committee on Natural Disaster Recovery, which was established in June and expects to have recommendations ready by Sept. 1, 2011.

August 28, 2011, is the effective date for many of the bills that were passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor. We review:

Also, a date is now set for the start of the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly. Lawmakers will return to Jefferson City to begin the special session on Sept. 6, 2011.

This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by visiting This Week in the Missouri Senate. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Daily Audio/Video Clips from the Missouri Senate

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips include comments from several members of the Senate Interim Committee on Natural Disaster Recovery during a hearing at the State Capitol.

The Senate Minute for Aug. 23, 2011: Disaster Committee

The Senate Interim Committee on Natural Disaster Recovery holds a hearing. The panel heard from its three subcommittees today (8/23) at the Capitol. The full panel is expected to have recommendations in place by Sept. 1, 2011. At the same time, a start date for the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly is set. The special session will start on Sept. 6, 2011. We’ve included an actuality from Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Special Session Announced to Consider Job Creation Initiatives and Tax Credit Reform

JEFFERSON CITY - A previous agreement between Senate and House leaders has resulted in the call of a special session for September. Members of the General Assembly will return to Jefferson City on Tuesday, Sept. 6, to consider legislation that contains incentives for businesses to expand or relocate to Missouri. During special session, the Legislature will also debate a measure that would move the date of Missouri’s presidential primary from February to March, and legislation that would place the control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to the City of St. Louis.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Capitol Dialogue for August 2011

Host Bob Priddy from Missourinet, along with four lawmakers, appear on the August edition of Capitol Dialogue to discuss some of the new laws that take effect this year. Senator Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown; Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis; Rep. Shane Schoeller, R-Willard; and Rep. Stacey Newman, D-St. Louis, review some of the legislation that becomes law during 2011, and look ahead to the upcoming veto and special sessions.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Aug. 19, 2011: Insurance Exchanges

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews some of the committee hearings held in the Missouri Senate. Among the panels is the Senate Interim Committee on Health Insurance Exchanges. Its mission is to explore Missouri's options on the establishment of a health insurance exchange and to study the effect of existing state law. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville, and Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by visiting This Week in the Missouri Senate. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

New Audio/Video Clip Available for Aug. 16, 2011

Streaming and broadcast quality audio and video clips feature Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, as taken from a hearing of the Subcommittee on Fiscal Response today (8/16).

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The Senate Minute for Aug. 16, 2011: Committee Hearings

Several committees are meeting this week, both at the Capitol and throughout the state. The Senate Governmental Accountability Committee met yesterday (8/15), the Subcommittee on Fiscal Response and the Senate Interim Committee on Health Insurance Exchanges held hearings today (8/16), and the Joint Committee on Education will meet on Friday (8/19). This feature report is narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Friday, August 12, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Aug. 12, 2011: SB 320

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews Senate Bill 320, one of several measures that will become law on Aug. 28, 2011. The measure revamps Missouri’s domestic violence law. We’ve included actualities from Sen. John T. Lamping, R-Ladue, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by visiting This Week in the Missouri Senate. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

The Senate Minute for Aug. 9, 2011: SB 320

Changes to Missouri’s domestic violence laws will take effect later this month. The governor signed Senate Bill 320, which was passed by the Missouri General Assembly during the regular legislative session. The measure will become law on Aug. 28, 2011. We’ve included actualities from Sen. John T. Lamping, R-Ladue, and Senate Minority Floor Leader Victor Callahan, D-Independence, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Friday, August 05, 2011

This Week in the Missouri Senate for Aug. 5, 2011: Economic Development

This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews some of the issues that were considered during the First Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly; items that were discussed but not passed; and what would and would not be considered during the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly, which is set for September. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake, in this feature report narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by visiting This Week in the Missouri Senate. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The Senate Minute for Aug. 2, 2011: SB 19

Missouri senators are preparing to return to Jefferson City for the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly, to talk about economic development and job creation. At the same time, one of the bills from the regular session that will become law on Aug. 28, 2011 is Senate Bill 19, which will cap and phase out the state’s corporate franchise tax. We’ve included actualities from Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Sen. Timothy Green, D-Spanish Lake, in this feature report, narrated by Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan.

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You can download the following radio report in .mp3 format by clicking the following link: Senate Minute. The report also is available as a podcast. Right click on the “subscribe” button and choose “copy shortcut,” then paste that link into your podcast player.